There’s still no budget for Illinois, but some big changes to education policy kicked in this year. As the contentious presidential election played out, several national issues affected the lives of citizens here.
University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says the school’s three campuses can not serve as a sanctuary for undocumented students - citing the need to uphold state and federal laws. In a mass e-mail Tuesday, Killeen says the sanctuary concept is not well defined. But he says leaders will continue to do all they can within the law to support and protect all students, including those who are undocumented.
A faculty-student panel at the University of Illinois has passed a measure that renews a commitment to diversity, and a welcoming climate for minority and LGBT students in the wake of the presidential election. But there was also a fair amount of debate at Monday’s meeting of the Urbana Campus Senate - primarily over whether the 'Resolution on an Inclusive Campus Senate' needed further review.
On the 21st: A rebroadcast of our interview with WBEZ Chicago's South Side reporter Natalie Moore - about her book "The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation." Plus, we discussed NPR's "Hidden Brain" podcast with host Shankar Vedantam.
More than 40,000 undocumented Illinois residents, who came to the country as children, are protected from deportation and are able to work under an executive order put in place by President Barack Obama. But during his campaign, Donald Trump pledged to “immediately terminate” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — often referred to as DACA.
A number of U.S. ‘sanctuary cities’ like Chicago and New York vow to protect undocumented immigrants in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president. An online petition is seeking the same for the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus. It had just under 2-thousand signatures from students, faculty and others by late Wednesday afternoon.
On the 21st: We discussed concerns regarding the possible loss of protections from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy, which president-elect Donald Trump has said he would rescind. We also talked with a retired police officer about building trust with the community, and spoke with the author of the memoir "Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw."
We’ve seen rallies in cities around the country following the election of Donald Trump as president - including Friday on the campus of the University of Illinois. More than 300 from groups like the Mexican Student Association and Students Against Sexual Assualt addressed the crowd before marching on the Urbana campus quad. The peaceful rally was promoted as way to come together in solidarity against white supremacy, racism, and overall acts of oppression.
On the 21st: Pulitzer-prize winning writer Margo Jefferson’s new memoir is about growing up in Chicago’s black elite in the 1950s and 1960s. And, we talked with writer and anti-war activist Bill Ayers about this political moment.